New faculty spotlight: Patricia Zemantic, PhD

November 20, 2020

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Patricia Zemantic, PhD

Patricia Zemantic, PhD, is a new faculty member at UNMC.

  • Name: Patricia Zemantic, PhD
  • Hometown: Lebanon, Connecticut
  • Title and department at UNMC: Assistant professor, the Munroe-Meyer Institute's integrated Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research/professional interests:

  • Verbal behavior
  • Assessment of autism spectrum disorder
  • Interventions to promote caregiver well-being and family empowerment
  • Caregiver-implemented interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities

How I fell in love with working with children with disabilities: Although I grew up with a sibling with autism spectrum disorder, I didn't become interested in working with children with disabilities until I got a job working as a behavior therapist. It was really fun to get to watch my students progress over the years, and I loved being able to be there and help them connect with and make friendships with their typically developing peers.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, 2019
  • MS, University of Oregon, Eugene, 2016
  • BA, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2008

Memberships:

  • Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International

Three things people may not know about me:

  • I have a tiny miniature pincher, Chihuahua, and rat terrier mix dog named Paco.
  • I just finished binge-watching Battlestar Galactica. Now I totally understand that Portlandia skit. It is the best television show ever.
  • I really love organizing. If I weren't a psychologist, I would definitely be a professional organizer. I love finding the most perfect container to store things in - it's just so satisfying.

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